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post #1 of 11 Old 08-26-2012, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Post Had several lessons, need some advice on positioning. Sitting trot and canter! :)

Hi, first I'll introduce myself. I'm 23 from Somerset. New to riding, have had a few lessons.. :) I'm due to start riding a friends horse regularly this week aswel.

Ok, so I've pretty much got the hang of rising trot and posting. But I'm really struggling with sitting trot and canter. I can't seem to stop bouncing. Anyone got any tips?

Also was wondering where my stirrups should be?

Any help and advice would be great! :)
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-26-2012, 07:35 PM
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Hi, someone else will be able to put a better more informational input than me but I will give it a go:)
For sitting trot I was always told to try and make your feet touch the ground and to point your toe outwards like a penguin keeping your calve touching the horse and to lean back a bit, not forward as it will cause the horse to go faster which is not fun lol.
For canter I was told to rock your pelvis with the motion and try to imagine there is money under your bum and your trying to keep it there. Someone also said to me on this to try and imagine your bum is polishing the saddle:)
I'm in no way a professional, that's just what I was told to do:) your stirrup generally should be to your ankle or 2 holes shorter when jumping.
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For the trot- keep your core very strong. Think of tightening your abs. I think it helps if you tuck your butt under you a bit and sit closer to your seat bone.
For the canter- I was taught to scoop your seat like an ice cream scooper.
For both of them- It will be easier if your horse is slower.

A lot of it is just building the right muscles. It took me a year to sit to my horses canter after we got him, and two yeas to sit the trot! He is really bouncy though.
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During a sitting trot, I was always told to pretend I was sitting on a $100 bill(don't want to let that go! haha). Try to just 'go with the flow'. Maybe you could ask your trainer to help you out abit or do a lesson specifically on a sitting trot and canter?
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This video helped me a lot to figure out how to sit the canter:

As for the sitting trot, I don't know if it's right or not, but what I do is try to move my hips side to side a little with the horses opposite pairs of legs moving?

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Wow with all the compacted answers. Just go for something simple for the sitting trot theres nothing better than trotting bareback and it'll also help your seat when go to canter again under saddle!

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Sitting trot is hard to get when new to riding. A lot of newbies will bounce or push into their irons so much the brace and their legs come forward. Sitting a trot takes core strength. If your core is weak right now I'd opt out of sitting trot until you strengthen it. Start working at home with excersises to strengthen your core. Your leg should be straight from your shoulders to hips down to your irons. Keep the heels down to your conformation comfort and push into the stride. Think down down down each stride. It's hard to do correctly until you have saddle time. Cantering you have to find the motion of the horse. More like a down push forward motion. Legs should stay just like a sitting trot. Tighten your core in both but don't get stiff. It's hard not to get behind the motion in the beginning but practice practice. Push your bottom down and follow the stride forward. Hope this helps
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-05-2012, 06:57 PM
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Practice practice practice.

Once you have a stable position work without stirrups can really help.

It's not something that you can learn by reading, its just spending time in the saddle and getting a feel. And for some horses you have to do it all over again (though its much quicker to get used to it).
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Don't be bummed at all when you bounce around...you are new to this!! It took me two years to learn the canter motion well, so now I can have a glued butt to any horse...and sitting trot took me three years to learn!
For sitting trot I actually needed a bareback lesson...I suppose I could feel the horse's movements better and had no choice but to swing those hips! The only way I can describe it is with every trot "beat" you have to "push" forward with your butt. If you feel like you can be balanced enough I would really recommend a bareback lesson!
The canter clicked for me when I rode the same horse two days per week, I found it easier that way, I just eventually got it. Again it's a swinging/pushing motion, you just have to get the timing right!

For stirrup length, take your feet out of your stirrups and let your legs hang. The base of the stirrup iron should hit your ankle bone. This is sort of rule of thumb for flatwork.

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Honey 7 years later and I'm STILL bouncing around.

Give yourself time :)
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